Five Inmates Executed at Qezel Hesar Prison

In a grim turn of events, on November 1, five inmates were executed in Qezel (Ghezel) Hesar Prison, Karaj.

According to HRANA, the individuals who faced this unfortunate fate were identified as Ehsan Haddad, Abbas Anaraki, Sadegh Tajik (an Afghan national), Yadollah Foruoughi, and Behrooz (last name unknown). Foruoughi had been convicted of drug-related offenses, while Haddad, Tajik, and Anaraki were found guilty of murder. Behrooz was convicted of rape and murder.

Just the day before, HRANA had reported the transfer of eight inmates to solitary confinement as they awaited their impending execution.

At the time of writing, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have reported on these executions.

According to data compiled by the Center of Statistics of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA), between October 10, 2022, and October 8, 2023, a total of 659 individuals were executed by hanging in Iran, representing a 24% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Seven of these executions were conducted publicly. Concerningly, many of the defendants were denied access to a fair trial and due process. For details and statistics, read HRANA’s report.